Delays at lights are driving people away
Fears for village shops on top of safety concerns
CONTINUING problems with congestion caused by traffic lights could be the reason why people are deserting village shops.
The lights in Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross, have generated complaints about traffic delays since being installed in 2010.
There have also been concerns regarding safety for pedestrians. A survey carried out two years ago found that nearly 90 per cent of the people interviewed believed the area around the lights to be dangerous.
The latest development is that people appear to be staying away from the village and doing their shopping elsewhere.
In a comment left on the Gerrards Cross Parish Council website, Guy Emerson, who lives in Packhorse Road, said: “I am now giving up shopping in Gerrards Cross even though I live here.
“I shall be going to Beaconsfield and Amersham from now on.
“I queued for 10 minutes to get into Gerrards Cross this morning – it’s quicker to walk.
“It’s a shame. Gerrards Cross was getting better for shopping, but other towns are much better managed.”
Businesses in the village are also concerned that the problems apparently caused by the traffic lights could be affecting trade.
Russell Lacey, who runs Desborough Pets, in Station Road, said: “If people are having to queue for a long time to get into the village and park before they can do their shopping, then businesses will suffer because it will put people off.”
In Beaconsfield, traders have said they have their own issues to contend with.
John Phillips, who works at Beaconsfield Wine Cellars, in Old Town said: “There are ongoing problems with parking here, which have been well documented, which could be putting people off coming here.
“It’s difficult to say for certain if more people from Gerrards Cross are shopping here. It’s possible but it’s very hard to say for sure.”
Managers at Tesco in Gerrards Cross have indicated that the company will contribute to the costs of improving the traffic light system in Packhorse Road.
Bucks County Council is also expected to provide some funding to help solve the problem.